Other major sources of ethically sourced materials are ones that have lived a life previously. The remanufacturing of precious metals is far more energy efficient than just mining new metals, and in the case of diamonds no remanufacturing may be needed at all. Coloured gemstones often need to be recut due to damage, but this is a simple process using little energy and restores their beauty for a new life. The recycled precious metals we use are refined to a quality as good or better than virgin metals and our gems and diamonds are graded just like newly mined pieces so you are assured of the highest quality jewellery. Antique diamonds are a great example of how even more can be gained by reusing an item. Their beautiful asymmetrical shape can be used as a feature, especially in antique or organic designs, not to mention the thoughts of where it may have come from, perhaps a princess’s tiara over 300 years ago?
Recycling precious metals can be a very polluting business via the burning off of waste materials and chemical use to extract the metals. We purchase our recycled metals from a SCS certified refiner. They utilize the most up to date refining technology to reduce pollution and increase the metal recovered. This produces metals with a smaller environmental impact than mined metals.
Health and Safely
The recycled precious metals we use are refined by Hoover and Strong, a company with over 100 years of experience and world class Health and Safety protections for its workers. Our local master gem cutter Scott Langford takes all the necessary protections to care for his and his staff’s health. His workshop is visited by us regularly.
Our recycled goods prior to being refined or recut are all purchased from verified sources at current scrap prices in full compliance with local laws. Remanufacturing of the goods is carried out in developed countries under fair-pay conditions.
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